Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas Golden Knights Free Pick 1/7/20

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Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are set to face off against Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West showdown. The game will get going at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7 and it can be seen live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Pittsburgh (+125) is playing the role of underdog to Vegas (-145) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-105 over, -115 under).

Pittsburgh is 25-17 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 22 of its matches have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Pens are 9-9 SU on the road in 2019-20.

Pittsburgh has converted on 17.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties..

With a .896 save percentage and 24.3 saves per game, Matt Murray (13-11-4) has been the primary option in goal for Pittsburgh this year. If Pittsburgh chooses to rest him, however, they may go with Tristan Jarry (13-7-1 record, .935 save percentage, 1.99 goals against average).

On the other side of the rink, Vegas is 24-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 23 of its contests have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 14-10 SU as the home team this season.

The Golden Knights have converted on 22.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all penalties.

Marc-Andre Fleury (27.8 saves per game) has been the top choice in the crease for the Golden Knights. Fleury has 18 wins, 12 losses, and three overtime losses to his name and has registered a .910 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The Golden Knights are 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Penguins are 2-0 in shootouts.
  • For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their last five matchups.
  • Two clubs that fire the puck toward the goal a lot, Pittsburgh has attempted the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (33.4) while Vegas’s attempted the fifth-most (34.0).
  • Seven of Pittsburgh’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
  • This game features two of the more physical defenses in the league. Pittsburgh skaters have accounted for the third-most hits in the league (28.6 per game) while the Golden Knights have tallied the fourth-most (27.5).